Sporting Kansas City vs. Portland Timbers
|Date & Time||Saturday June 9, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Portland +125 / Draw +250 / Kansas City +205 -- Over/Under:2.5
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We have an intriguing matchup from Providence Park in MLS action late Saturday night, as the Portland Timbers play host to conference leading Sporting Kansas City.
The Portland Timbers will be looking to extend their current unbeaten run which currently sits at 7 games after snapping a 6 game winning streak with a 1-1 draw against LA Galaxy in their last outing. Los Angeles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute, before Diego Valeri equalized for the Timbers from the penalty spot in the 57th minute, ultimately resulting in the stalemate at full time. Portland had the advantage with 53% possession, outshooting the Galaxy 18-16, with 10 shots on target to LA’s 3. Valeri leads the Timbers with 6 goals this season, with Sebastian Blanco right behind with 5 goals this year. Blanco leads the Timbers with 3 assists while Valeri leads the team with 34 shots, 14 on target.
Sporting Kansas City will be looking to keep their own unbeaten streak going which currently stands at 5 games following a 4-1 triumph over Minnesota United last time out. Daniel Salloi gave KC the lead 9 minutes in, and while Minnesota equalized just 2 minutes later, Sporting cranked out 2 goals in 3 minutes just before half time thanks to Wan Kuzain in the 35th minute and Cristian Lobato in the 38th. Minnesota went down to 10 men in the 63rd minute and Diego Rubio made them pay with a 4th goal in the 81st minute, just 3 minutes after coming on as a substitute. Felipe Gutierrez and Johnny Russell are tied for the team lead with 5 goals apiece this season, however Gutierrez will still be out for this one thanks to a hernia injury. Roger Espinoza leads Sporting with 5 assists and Salloi is right behind matching his 4 goals with 4 assists this season. Russell also leads KC with 41 shots, 17 of which have hit the mark this season.
Head-to-head, the results have been fairly split, with Kansas City winning 3, with 2 draws and one win for Portland. Their most recent league meeting ended in a 1-1 draw last July.
You have two teams that are both in a very good run of form, so picking a side here is like trying to split hairs, which is why I’m going to side with the draw here. I can’t see either side dropping points in this matchup and it’s going to be tightly contested throughout. Braver punters can also try chasing the final score line of 0-0 or 1-1 respectively.